The Institute for African American Studies’ annual Lee Roy B. Giles Encouragement Award was presented April 16. From left, graduate awardee Sierra Carter; Freda Scott Giles, associate director of the institute and the award’s sponsor; undergraduate awardee Briana Farlow; and Valerie Babb, director of the institute.
Lee Roy Brown Giles (1936-2010) was born in Wichita, Kansas. His numerous theater credits include work with the New Federal Theatre, the Billie Holiday Theatre and the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center. He also was an educator in New York City, and, in retirement, for the Athens-Clarke County School District.
The Encouragement Award is the first endowment dedicated to the Institute for African American Studies. Each year at least two students will receive cash grants to use toward their educational expenses.